At a Beach Near You
There’s no entrance fee. There’s probably no entrance at all. Just follow the crowds of people who have obviously been before and are well equipped for a great fun day out. Picnics, picnic blankets, deck chairs, swimming costumes, suncream, drinks, water canons …. more on that later! It’s always near the beach and it happens all over the UK, so there’s probably an event somewhere near you.
Our Lifeboat Day of choice is always Moelfre on Anglesey. Last year, apparently around 10,000 people crowded into the small village to take part in the day. Various stalls and activities are available, as well as just some fun in the sea. The previous year when we visited we thought rebellion was about to break out. The bay was full of people and the sea full of small boats.
As the distinctive lifeboat came near to shore a hoard of children (and some not so young) were in waiting. Suddenly a battle was on and the lifeboat and crew were bombarded with water pistols and water bombs. Well that was never going to do, and the good humoured lifeboat crew turned their big water gun on the crowd and much fun was had by all involved.
Thousands of people had the opportunity to see the lifeboat up close, and also see some lifeboat crew in action demonstrations. You can also take the short walk around to visit the lifeboat station which is really interesting for both children and adults.
A Great Beach at Lligwy Bay
To escape the crowds and to round off the day, after years of coming to this area we know that if you carry on around the coastal path, going past the Lifeboat Station, it will eventually bring you to the fabulous sandy beach of Lligwy Bay (also accessible via car if you don’t fancy the walk).
You Call That a Water Pistol, This is a Water Pistol
However, most importantly of all, the event raises vital funds that go towards the Moelfre Lifeboat Station. It is well worth looking up where your nearest event is taking place this year.
The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. They rely upon public donations and legacies, and volunteers make up 95% of the charity. I have never needed to call upon the services of the RNLI. However, on at least 2 occasions on very rough seas they have certainly been at the forefront of my mind. On another trip whilst abroad, they were on my mind for another reason: there was no RNLI! What do people do here, I thought, if this boat sinks? We were probably very safe and the skipper had probably done the trip in the very small boat to the very small island a thousand times, but it was a bit rough.
Hooray for the RNLI
What would we do without the RNLI? And you don’t even always have to actually be out on a boat to need them. Plenty of rescues take place around our coastline without even venturing out in a vessel of any kind.